Posted on 25 November 2021

Not all bacteria in the mouth are bad bacteria. Some bacteria are vital for everyday digestive processes, and other bacteria help keep teeth and gums healthy. Regular check-ups with a dentist help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria.

Key takeaways:

  • The good bacteria in the mouth helps begin the process of food digestion when you eat.
  • A healthy diet including fruit and vegetables encourages good bacteria and reduces the risk of oral problems like gum disease.
  • Regular teeth brushing and flossing removes plaque, a build-up of potentially harmful bacteria.

"Good and bad bacteria in the oral cavity are kept in balance, in part, by the foods you eat. For example, a diet high in sugar can cause harmful microbes to get out of control and cause more damage to teeth and gums."

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